It is a nurse’s duty to ensure patients are getting the proper treatment they need in a timely manner. They should also follow the physician’s order and no order should be missed. A missed order could harm a patient. Some RNs tend to miss orders and result in unnecessary harm to a patient. If this happens, an RN should be prepared in case he or she will be summoned by the Board for such conduct. An RN can hire a nurse attorney for this matter.
At the time of the initial incident, she was employed as a Director of Nursing at a hospice care provider in Abilene, Texas, and had been in that position for ten (10) months.
On or about August 8, 2020, through August 10, 2020, while employed as a Director of Nursing at a hospice care provider in Abilene, Texas, RN failed to ensure that staff she was administratively responsible for, notified the physician of the patient’s changes in condition including denuded skin to sacral area and bilateral trochanters. In addition, RN failed to ensure that the patient’s problem of impaired skin integrity, wound care and wound care supplies were included in the patient’s Plan of Care. RN’s conduct deprived the physician of the opportunity to institute timely medical interventions to stabilize the patient and exposed the patient to risk for harm as subsequent caregivers would rely on the Plan of Care to provide appropriate care.
Another incident happened on or about August 15, 2020, through August 28, 2020, while employed as a Director of Nursing at a hospice care provider in Abilene, Texas, RN failed to ensure that staff she was administratively responsible for, notified the physician and/or obtain appropriate wound care order for the patient’s deteriorating wounds. RN’s conduct deprived the physician of the opportunity to institute timely medical interventions to stabilize the patient and contributed to the patient suffering.
In response, RN states she ensured that her staff was visiting their assigned patients by running weekly reports and by speaking to each team member weekly to discuss patients and concerns. RN states the patient was being seen by a Registered Nurse for weekly wound care, except on July 25, 2020, when the family cancelled the visit.
The above actions constitute grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(D),(1)(M),(1)(P),(1)(U)&(3)(A) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12.(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
However, without enough evidence to prove she’s not guilty, the RN lost the case. This is the reason why the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license under disciplinary action.
Do not be stressed or anxious if you find yourself in a similar situation as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right RN/LVN license attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney for various licensing cases for the past 16 years and represented over 300 nurses before the Texas BON. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679.